John Lennon had “unpredictable” moods, according to his first wife Cynthia Lennon. This sometimes extended to his relationship with his son Julian. Here’s what we know about this Beatles member and his two children.
He is the songwriter behind “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Julia” and “Imagine”. Aside from being a chart-topping musician, John Lennon was a husband to his college classmate, Cynthia Lennon — then Cynthia Powell.
The two married shortly after Cynthia Lennon became pregnant with their first child. That was her son Julian, named after John Lennon’s mother, Julia. After marrying Yoko Ono, John Lennon had a second son – Sean Taro Ono Lennon. He still spent time with Julian, even if his moods were “unpredictable” at times.
When he wasn’t with the Beatles, John Lennon would spend time at home with Cynthia Lennon and his son Julian. However, not every experience was positive, as his ex-wife noted in her memoirs John.
“John loved being with his son but in short bursts,” Lennon wrote. “His moods could be unpredictable and at times he was intolerant and impatient with Julian. I remember once at the dining table he yelled because Julian ate a mess.”
“I was furious and stormed out, ‘If you were here more often, you’d realize little boys of three eat like this. Now leave him alone,’” she continued. “I fell upstairs in tears: I was really upset by the shock on Julian’s face when John spoke to him. But such quarrels were rare.”
For the John foreword, Julian Lennon wrote about his experiences with his father. Even before his parents divorced, the two did not have a close relationship – the musician was often making music or traveling.
After John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City, it became even more difficult to see the former Beatles member in person. However, Yoko Ono invited Julian Lennon to New York after his father was shot.
“Growing up as John Lennon’s son was a rocky road,” wrote Julian Lennon. “All my life people have come up to me and said, ‘I loved your father.’ I always have very mixed feelings when I hear that. I know Dad was an idol to millions who grew up listening to his music and his ideals.”
Julian Lennon grew up in his father’s footsteps, became a musician himself and even inherited one of John Lennon’s guitars. In the same book, Cynthia Lennon noted that whenever John Lennon saw a white feather, John Lennon would tell his son he was “looking” at Julian. Julian Lennon music is now available on most major streaming platforms.